The current Nissan Frontier midsize pickup has been largely unchanged since it arrived to market in 2005. The little truck has been left withering on the vine just as the midsize segment heats up with new entries from GM and the upcoming Ford Ranger, but Nissan has confirmed we haven’t yet seen the final Frontier.
Despite rumors beginning to question its very future, Car And Driver is reporting that Nissan has confirmed plans for a next-generation Frontier for the North American market. The report says the next Frontier will be produced at Nissan’s assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi alongside the full-size Titan pickup. Production is slated to commence in 2019.
Aside from production venue, there isn’t a lot known about the next Frontier. The most logical approach for Nissan would be to produce a new Frontier based on the company’s global midsize truck, the Navara, which also shares its underpinnings with a Renault and the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
While the current Navara is not likely designed to be federalized in the U.S., perhaps a refreshed version could find its way stateside.
Another option is for Nissan to provide a very heavy redesign atop the current Frontier’s bones. This seems like an ill-fated idea given the increasingly stiff competition, but who knows at this point. The news here is that a new Frontier is finally coming.